There was a smile, a sigh and a shrug of the shoulders when asked on the latest picture - but then it's been that sort of a transfer window for Stevenage and manager Steve Evans.

The Boro boss headed into January promising to strengthen the squad and they started busy with the double capture of Jake Forster-Caskey from Charlton Athletic and Wycombe Wanderers' Daryl Horgan.

Jonathan Tomkinson then joined from Norwich City but with Saxon Earley, Arthur Read and David Amoo all leaving, numbers wise Boro are as they were.

The graft behind the scenes is continuing though with the business and plans of other clubs being the biggest fly in the ointment.

It means a late splurge on deadline day is becoming more and more likely.

"We'll still continue to try and strengthen up until Tuesday," said the boss on the latest.

"We're trying so hard. I’ve had early mornings and late nights with our chairman and Leon Hunter. I’ve been at it this morning too.

"It's just about other players becoming available for other clubs. We’re in a little chain reaction. 

"If other clubs get who they like, then we have a chance of getting who we like. 

"The one thing that the Stevenage fans can believe is that if we add a player then he'll play a part. 

"It doesn't mean he’ll play every week, we're not going to sign superstars. 

"But if we can add to the dressing room, create further competition and help us achieve our objectives for the season, then we're bring them in."